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Provincetown, MA 02657

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Anne Flash

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  • ARTIST BIO

    Anne Flash received her MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York City and her

    BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She taught at Trinity College in

    Hartford for four years, before moving to Cape Cod. In the 1990's, she was granted two

    residencies at Yaddo and one at the Millay Colony for the Arts. Flash has been teaching

    drawing at Cape Cod Community College for the past 13 years, and was an artist -inresidence

    at the college in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Boston,

    Connecticut, and Provincetown and is in private and corporate collections throughout New

    England. She believes, as an artist and as a teacher, that drawing exists at the core of all

    art, and is therefore an essential practice for artists.

Constellation Series
This winter I was sitting in my studio flipping through my found-image pile, looking for inspiration. A set of small cards with white dots on a shiny blue ground jumped out at me. The blue cards had come in a scholastic science book, intended to instruct children on how to recognize major constellations of our solar system. So simple! Each blue card had its own set of white dots on it corresponding with a constellation, and on the reverse side, the name of each constellation and an explanation of major

stars involved, along with beautifully drawn images of the Pleiades, for example, or the Big Dipper, or Orion.

 

I loved the fact that such simple arrangements of white dots on blue could represent something as spatially vast and significant as major stars and planet groupings in our galaxy. I held the cards in my hand with a contradictory sense of their intimacy and had an idea: I’d just connect the dots with straight lines and create my OWN constellations. The result excited me.

 

Next, I went out and got a bunch of variously colored card stock and made my own cards. With my white-out pen I created different arrangements of dots on red, blue or black backgrounds. I would, like the Great Creator Him/Her/Itself, create clusters of stars in a variety of far-flung configurations. Then, just as I had done with the science book cards, I simply connected the dots with white lines, in any way that appealed to me at that moment. Then I dressed them up with colored pencils and voila! New constellations, dancing their way through the solar system.

 

What I enjoy about being an artist is that I get to portray anything I want on any given day. In the case of this series, I have taken as my foundation a notion of vast astronomical space which is represented paradoxically by 6-inch colored cards. I have used a simple language of dots, lines, and colors on a 2-dimensional surface to create relationships between stars and star clusters that are millions of miles apart, some of them almost as if they were apples in a still-life, almost touching. The contradiction in scale here is part of the equation. Further than that, I love the fact that I can play in the heavens, or in Hell, or on Planet Earth, in 2-dimensions using the means available as an artist. This series is a new beginning for me, and who knows where it will go from here? Perhaps sky-high!

 

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